A meeting with some of the original settlers in Rathcairn Gaeltacht on its 50th anniversary.
'Féach' reporter Mícheál Ó hUanacháin visited the Rathcairn Gaeltacht in 1985, when it was celebrating its 50th anniversary. 27 Irish-speaking families from Connemara had been resettled in Co. Meath in 1935 and given farms and houses by the Land Commission. As well as providing a better quality of life to the migrants, the initiative was designed to help stop the decline of the Irish language by creating an Irish-speaking community in a new location. But how successful was it?
In this extract, Ó hUanacháin meets some of the original settlers in the local community centre. Colm Ó Conghaile says it was easier for the young people than the old, moving to such a different environment, but they got on well there. Nora Bean Uí Chofaigh remembers what it was like to have to go to an English-speaking school.
Fuair Ráth Cairn stádas oifigiúil mar Ghaeltacht i 1967. Tá cúrsaí Gaeilge ar fáil ann anois do dhaoine fásta chomh maith le páistí.
A 'Féach' report from 15 April 1985.